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The DDA – Are You Aware?. John Johnston of MCA Consultancy. www.mcaconsultancy.co.uk. The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 . Unlawful to discriminate against disabled persons in connection with: Employment Provision of goods, facilities or services

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The DDA – Are You Aware?

John Johnston

of

MCA Consultancy

www.mcaconsultancy.co.uk


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The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995

  • Unlawful to discriminate against disabled persons in connection with:

  • Employment

  • Provision of goods, facilities or services

  • Disposal or management of premises

  • Employment of disabled persons

  • Establishment of a National Disability Council (DRC)


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The DDA

  • Part 1 Disability

  • Part 2 Employment

  • Part 3 Discrimination in other Areas

  • Part 4 Education (SENDA)

  • Part 5 Public Transport

  • Part 6 National Disability Council

  • Part 7 Supplemental

  • Part 8 Miscellaneous


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What counts as a disability according to the law?

  • A mental or physical impairment

  • Adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities

  • Adverse effect is substantial

  • Adverse effect is long-term (has lasted for 12 months, or is likely to last for more than 12 months or for the rest of your life)


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Types of Discrimination

  • Direct discrimination

  • Failure to make reasonable adjustments

  • Disability related discrimination

  • Victimisation


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Reasonable Adjustments

  • Remove the feature

  • Alter the feature

  • Avoid the feature

  • Alternative means


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Reasonable Adjustments

  • Effectiveness

  • Practicality

  • Cost

  • Disruption

  • Employers financial/other resources

  • Amount already spent

  • Availability of grants


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Disability AwarenessCommon Statements

  • “We don’t get disabled people in here”

  • “But we have a disabled toilet”

  • Auditor – “Do you have an induction loop?”

  • Client – “Eh?” or “I don’t know how to work it”

  • “We have a ramp, do we comply?”


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Disability Awareness

  • Environment

  • Communication

  • Don’t stereotype – sub-normal, burden, pitiable, sinister (Captain Hook), ridicule (Mr Magoo)

  • Publicity and information


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Where to Start?

  • Access audit

    • Site visit

    • Examination of existing premises, policies and procedures

    • Report

    • Prioritised action plan


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Audit = Compliance?

  • No!

  • ‘Snap-shot’

  • Access audit is advice on improvements

  • Step in the right direction


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Summary

  • Full weight of the law – 100% success rate

  • Types of discrimination

  • Reasonable adjustments

  • Disability awareness

  • Disability access audit


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The DDA – Are You Aware?

Questions?

www.mcaconsultancy.co.uk


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